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23 03, 2020

REDCap 101

2020-09-14T16:10:11+02:00

REDCap 101

[Written by Johanna on 19/01/17]

Table of content

  1. General information
    • Access
    • Contact
  2. Overview
    • User rights
  3. Setting up your project
  4. How to import data
  5. How to export data

General information

REDCap = Research Electronic Data Capture

It is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. The administration is covered by Charité IT. The database has many fancy features which we can use four different studies conducted by us:

  • On- and offline use
  • Built-in calendar
  • Randomization module
  • Automated export procedures (SPSS, R, Stata, Excel)

Access

This is the link to the log-in page:

https://redcap.charite.de/cru/redcap_v8.10.1/DataEntry/record_home.php?pid=19&id=LE_001&arm=1

REDCap is updated from time to time and hence the link changes. Remember to use the latest version! I will keep the link in the wiki updated.

The log-in details are your charité-username and password.

Contact

Should there be any issues with REDCap (or any other reason why we need support by an admin), we can use the REDCAP Admin Link on the website.

Andreas Hetey (Andreas.hetey@charite.de) set up our project. He has been very helpful.

Overview

Picture: REDCap1

This is how REDCap looks like. There are many great video tutorials, which explain all the functions. This is a brief summary video: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/consortium/videoplayer.php?video=redcap_overview_brief02&title=Brief%20Overview%20of%20REDCap&referer=redcap.charite.de.

You also have the possibility to download the app for mobile devices.

User Rights

Before you want to use REDCap, please write me a mail (johanna.klag@charite.de) so I can grant you the user rights you need.

Depending on what you need, reading and writing rights can be granted for the whole project or for specific parts only. You have to possibility to read only anonymized data. This might be especially helpful when you use REDCap to collaborate with other groups.

Setting up your project

Right now, we established the REDCap database for the LE-project only.

Officially, you need to sign an agreement with the Clinical Research Unit of BIH to set up a project for a new study.  They ask for basic information regarding data protection, voting of the ethics committee, etc.

When setting up a new project, follow the steps under “project setup” which are quite self-explanatory. Should there be any specific questions, feel free to ask!

How to import data

There are three ways to import your data:

  1. Fill out the questionnaires online. This is very easy. Drop-down options, radio buttons etc. are shown as such. Should you enter an invalid number, you receive a warning immediately. (picture: redcap_import1)
  2. Surveys can be sent to the study participants automatically via mail. Their answers are imported in REDCap but can be modified afterwards.
  3. Use the data import tool to import your data (.csv format). The tool guides you through the process and generates error or warning messages should your data not meet the requirements. This process is quite foolproof! (pictures: redcap_import2 and redcap_import3)

How to export data

REDCap offers the possibility to have a look at basic statistics directly in REDCap (distribution of a sample, mean and max values). These images can be downloaded.

To export an entire data set, you should use the export tool. You can select between all data or specific instruments or events. When it comes to the export format, you have the choice between .csv (raw data or labels) or a format, which is fitted for a statistical program (SPSS, SAS, R, Stata). XML output is also possible.

You are good to go!

REDCap has tons of great video tutorials, check them out!

REDCap 1012020-09-14T16:10:11+02:00
23 03, 2020

Reimburse travel costs from study participants

2020-04-01T10:24:46+02:00

Reimburse travel costs from study participants

[Written by Johanna on 2019/07/24]

Table of content

  1. What do we reimburse?
    • Travel costs
      • By car
      • By train
      • By plane
    • Hotel costs
  2. Prepare the documents
  3. Send it to Zentraler Rechnungseingang
  4. Common problems and questions

What do we reimburse?

These criteria might be different for every study. Regarding the LE-study, we follow these rules:

Travel costs

Travel costs are fully reimbursed (journey there and back)

  1. By car: When a patient arrives by car, we either reimburse the costs for the gas (receipt from the petrol station) or we estimate the costs with a travelling allowance of 0,20€/km.

Travelling allowance:

  1. Go to https://www.falk.de/routenplaner?data=eyJncCI6IjUyLjUxNjY5MywxMy4zOTk5OTQiLCJneiI6MTJ9
  2. Type in the home address of the patient and Charité address (Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin) to calculate the route.
  3. Chose the shortest route and go to “Details”.
  4. Falk Routenplaner already offers the possibility to also calculate the costs of the travel (“Kosten”).
  5. Type in 0,20€ as “Reisekosten” (travel expenses).
  6. Print it with Strg+P (tick only the box for “Optionen”), we do not need the map and the precise route description).
  7. Because we reimburse the journey there and back, take the calculated costs times two J
  1. By train: We reimburse tickets in second class.
  2. By plane: If the costs for the plane ticket do not exceed the costs that we would reimburse by car, this works as well.

Regarding accompanying persons: If a patient says that the participation of the study is only possible when she is accompanied by another person (partner, parent, friend, etc.), we normally also reimburse the costs for the second person under the same conditions. Inform Carsten about that.

Hotel costs

Hotel costs are reimbursed for people for whom it is not possible to arrive and depart at the same day due to a long journey. Inform Carsten if this is the case. Hotel costs are reimbursed up to 60€. Regarding accompanying persons, see above.

Hotels that are close by:

Mikon Eastgate

Motel one

Riverside City Hotel

The patients are responsible for booking the hotel.

Prepare the documents

You find the form in the _LE_Orga-Folder.

Filling out the form is quite self-explanatory: Fill in the name and the address of the study participant and the banking details. If possible, fill in everything you can on the computer. There are many illegible numbers and letters when some people do it handwritten.

Example see here:

As it already says on the form, we have to attach all receipts and tickets to the form. For that, scan the form with the original signature and all the tickets/receipts. Merge all the images into one pdf-file  (Very important! Otherwise, your request will not be processed).  You can use pdf24 or any other program you like.

Send it to Zentraler Rechnungseingang

Send a mail to zentraler-rechnungseingang@charite.de and attach the ONE pdf to the mail.

The text could sound like this:

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Könnten Sie bitte die Erstattung der Kosten von unserer Studienteilnehmerin XXX übernehmen? Das DM-Konto ist wie angegeben XXX.

Herzlichen Dank!

Beste Grüße,

Johanna

Normally, the money is transferred to the bank account of the study participant within 5-7 weekdays. Keep in mind that Carsten has to approve it first.

Common problems and questions

Should there be problems with the reimbursement, something like this happens:

  1. You forgot the attachment/ some information is in the wrong format/ something is missing: You get a mail from Zentraler Rechnungseingang saying that they cannot process your request. Do it again J
  2. The banking details are wrong: Carsten gets a message and forwards it to you.
  3. The patient writes a mail and complains about the money not being there: Write a mail to kreditorenbuchhaltung@charite.de and ask for updates. If Carsten is on holiday or there are other reasons why he might not have approved it: Ask Carsten.

Contact person for the case that you desperately want to talk to somebody:

Marina Erxleben from Geschäftbereich Finanzen normally takes care of our money: Geschäftsbereich Finanzen Tel. 672488

You can find all the information also in intranet: https://intranet.charite.de/fi/download_und_service/finanz_und_rechnungswesen/kreditorenbuchhaltung/

(I just read that they have different criteria mentioned there regarding the name of the document. I never followed these (and never had problems) but you might do that in the future. Also, the documents seem to have been updated.)

Reimburse travel costs from study participants2020-04-01T10:24:46+02:00
23 03, 2020

Reisekosten

2020-03-23T15:51:56+01:00

Dienstreise/Travel request at the Charité

This applies to Charité employees and externals going on business trips funded by the Charité.
For business trips funded by Mind & Brain, we need an additional entry.

Before the trip – Travel request

  1. Find out what kind of business trip you are doing. This determines who you need to notify and who is responsible for reimbursing you.
    • Examples: Business trip funded by the Charité, business trip funded by external sponsors, trip as part of a secondary employment (no travel request necessary)
  2. File your travel request
    • For Charité employees
      • Go to the Charité application portal https://csportal.charite.de/irj/portal/gbp and log in with you Charité user name and password à Go to Applications (Anwendungen) à Travel request (Reiseantrag) à Enter/confirm your email address à Enter all relevant information about the business trip (date, time, reason for business trip, …) à Click on complete (Fertig stellen) à The pre-filled request form will now be send to your email address
      • Fill out the rest of the details on the request from (e.g. combination with private vacation, sponsoring, secondary employment, …) à Sign the request à Get a signature from your supervisor to grant your request (see [here], German only), for this you need to show her/him some proof of the event (e.g. conference program, invitations, …)
    • For external employees
      • Fill out this form from the intranet [form] à Sign the request à Get a signature from your supervisor to grant your request (see [here], German only), for this you need to show her/him some proof of the event (e.g. conference program, invitations, …)
  1. Once your travel request is granted, you can use it to book your trip at the Charité travel agency Lufthansa City Center Titanic Reisen
    • Contact: email charite@aer.de, phone +49(0)30 450 578163 (Charité-intern) or +49 (0)30 28390589 (Charité-extern), office Reinhardtstr. 46, 10117 Berlin, open Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm
    • In some cases you’re also allowed to book the trip yourself (I am not sure about this, if someone knows more, please add here)
  2. Now forward the signed travel request and proof of the event (e.g. conference program, invitations, …) to the responsible department
    • For Charité-funded trip: to Reisekostenstelle im GB Personal
    • For sponsoring trip funded by others: to GB Rechtsabteilung – Nebentätigkeiten (CVK)
    • For trip as an official Charité representative: to GB Rechtsabteilung – Nebentätigkeiten (CVK), including additional documents

During the trip – Keep all documents

  1. Keep all original receipts (e.g. train tickets) and make sure that all invoices (e.g. hotel, rental car) are addressed to your Charité work address

After the trip – Request for reimbursement of travel expenses

  1. File your reimbursement request
    • For Charité employees
      • Fill out and sign this [form]
    • For external employees
  1. Send the signed form including all original documents via in-house mail to Reisekostenstelle GB Personal (CVK). You will be notified via email once the reimbursement is processed.

Downloads:
[Antrag Reisekostenerstattung]
[Genehmigungsverfahren für Dienstreisen]
[Reisekostenabrechnung Charité]
[Reisekostenabrechnung Extern]

Reisekosten2020-03-23T15:51:56+01:00
23 03, 2020

Travel Reimbursement Mind & Brain

2020-03-23T16:18:27+01:00

Travel Reimbursement Mind & Brain

[Written by Nina Mar 22nd , 2018]

Generally, Annette Winkelmann (AW) is very supportive and generous when it comes to travel and conference reimbursements. But keep in mind that she likes conscientious and neat work as much as she deprecates a sloppy one, so increase your chances of a successful application by reading the information below carefully.

AW will not process unsigned/unsupported travel grant forms or students’ informal requests by telephone or e-mail. Therefore, a formal application has to be handed to AW either by you (less than 150€) or by Carsten only (more than 150€). AW won’t accept the latter if it is not handed in by Carsten.

Table of content

  1. Before your trip: Application for Travel Grant
    • Travels up to 150€
    • Travels above 150€
    • Fill in the forms
    • Request fee reimbursements only
  2. Application for early partial payment (Abschlagszahlung)
  3. Booking: General recommendations
  4. After your trip: get reimbursed!
    • General information
    • Fill in the form …
    • Things that cannot be reimbursed
  5. Good to know
  6. Links/Attachments

Before your trip: Application for Travel Grant

  • If you do not have any other funding source (external scholarship), it is important that you check your eligibility for a travel grant reimbursement by handing in your travel grant application forms at least 2 weeks before buying tickets or paying conference fees. Due to financial restrictions that may apply during the course of the financial year there is no guarantee that M&B can support you in every case.

Travels up to 150€

  • Fill in Form_TravelGrant_under150_Nov2017 (preferably with the computer)
  • Can only be used for travels within Germany.
  • These requests can be passed to AW by you directly.

Travels above 150€

  • Fill in Form_TravelGrant_over150_Nov2017 (preferably with the computer)
  • This form is also used for travels under 150€ outside of Germany.
  • These requests must be passed to AW by Carsten!

Fill in the forms

  • Attachment (a)
    • attach at least 3 price comparisons as screenshots/prints for the days you want to travel (return trip)
    • if you want to combine your trip with holidays, add additional comparisons for those days
    • Travel includes all the way from your home to the place of the conference and bag (i.e. a train/bus to the airport is covered)
    • Keep in mind that with cheap flights, luggage costs might be extra. Add this to your calculation (and explain if not obvious)
    • If you plan on booking two pieces on one flight (e.g. additional poster roll), you need to check with AW first.
    • If prices went up until Annette gave her consent, please sent her an email with a short explanation and the screenshots of the new prices à wait for her response!
  • Attachment (b)
    • Essay of 100w if you are an active member (i.e. presenting a poster/talk)
    • Essay of 500w if you are a passive member
  • Attachment (c)
    • Usually the program
  • Attachment (d)
    • A screenshot of the confirmation mail will do the job
  • Accommodation
    • No price comparison needed (see section ‘Booking: General recommendations’ for tips).

Request fee reimbursements only

Application for early partial payment (Abschlagszahlung)

  • If you travel to a conference overseas, costs easily exceed 1000€. If you can’t pay this in advance, you can apply at the HU Geschäftsstelle for a “Dienstreise” and a “Abschlagszahlung”. This means, that the HU is paying you 80% of the calculated costs in advance.
  • This is quite time consuming and has to be planned in advance (I’d say at least 4 weeks prior to booking). It is probably less work to ask your parents (or someone else) to borrow you some money until you get reimbursed.
  • If this is not possible
    • Fill out the first page of “Antrag auf Genehmigung einer Dienstreise” (attached). The second page has to be filled out by AW.
    • As soon as your “Reisekostenantrag” is approved, fill out “Antrag auf Abschlagszahlung” and send it to the HU-Geschäftsstelle
  • More Infos and both documents can also be found here: https://www.personalabteilung.hu-berlin.de/themen-a-z/reisekosten/ (HU network necessary for download)

Booking: General recommendations

  • Keep all original receipts and try to get reimbursed
  • Avoid mobile tickets, use the old-fashioned paper tickets
    • Train tickets must be stamped
  • Accommodation:
    • A cheap solution is usually the desired one (AirBnB is often cheaper than a hotel, service fees included)
    • If an accommodation is in a walking distance from the conference, you can also choose a more expensive option, since you do not need to be reimbursed for bus/train to the conference site. However, the mark-up needs to be reasonable.
    • Some countries add a visitor’s tax to the hotel cost. Check this and eventually add it to the accommodation cost. However, sometimes a visitor’s tax cannot be reimbursed, but it is worth a try.
    • If you are planning to share your accommodation with colleagues (e.g. Airbnb), divide the price though the number of fellow travelers and add a short explanation for AW.
  • Hotel invoices should be issued to your name followed by Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 10099 Berlin
  • In case of Airbnb the invoice has to be issued to your private home address.
  • As soon as you paid, print out the bank statement that the money was transferred.
  • In case of foreign currency, use oanda (https://www.oanda.com/lang/de/currency/converter/) to provide the exact amount in € on that particular day.

After your trip: get reimbursed!

General information

  • Fill in the Travel expenses and reimbursement claim form on your computer and hand in the original (no scans).
  • Important: reimbursements for travel/conference fees are strictly only possible within six months of travelling/attending and are only possible with receipts!
  • Since reimbursements can only take place against original travel

documents/receipts:

  • Hand in original invoices/receipts/tickets according to the requirements described in the  Travel expenses and reimbursement claim form
  • Trains: You should try *not* to travel on a mobile phone e-ticket. Ideally, print out your train e-ticket and have it stamped by the train personnel.
  • However, if you do travel on a mobile phone ticket you will have to print it out and hand in to us a signed and dated confirmation (by the train personnel!) saying that you actually travelled on this ticket.
  • With electronic flight tickets please also hand in your boarding passes.
  • Travel expense can only be reimbursed to a german account!

Fill in the form…

  • Vacation:
    • Here, you are supposed to literally make a list, e.g.
      • Day 1: Travel
      • Day 2: Conference
      • Day 3: Conference
      • Day 4: Workshop
    • Accommodation:
      • If you shared accommodation with your colleagues, list all the names and what everybody paid (might differ regarding shared/single room)
    • Third-Party Payments
      • In case the invoice of conference fees etc. has not your name on it because it was paid by your parents or another external source.
    • List of attachments (receipts/invoices/bus tickets/…)
      • AW wants everything numbered in the top right corner!
      • Small receipts have to be taped on a blank A4 sheet (TESA preferred)
      • A lot of conferences do not give certificates of attendance any more, ask on site if they can give you one. If this is not possible, tell AW or take a picture of you at the conference 😉

Things that cannot be reimbursed

  • Poster prints at the conference site (or city where the conference takes place)
    • M&B generally does not reimburse for poster printing, however, it is possible to print at HU Berlin for free
  • Food

Good to know …

  • M&B can only reimburse conference travel if you are an active member, i.e. if you present a poster or give a talk. M&B need to see an invitation and a certificate or confirmation of attendance (e.g. e-mail, that your abstract was accepted).
    • Exception may be made in 2 cases (worth to hand in an application):
      • Annual/biannual meetings of professional organizations such as the DGPPN (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde), or similar
      • If you are a passive member at a conference/workshop, Attachment (b) in both application forms must encompass at least 500w. Additionally, a second 500w report is necessary, describing your experience at the conference/workshop.
    • SPM/MATLAB/… or other method courses are not eligible for travel reimbursement by M&B.
    • If you have an external funding source but your application has not been approved yet: you can also apply for M&B funding and withdraw any time from the M&B application as soon as your external funding organization approves to fund you. If you do not get fully funded by the external source, costs can be split.
    • Generally, conference travels can be combined with private holidays if the travel costs are not significantly higher.

Links/Attachments

Travel Reimbursement Mind & Brain2020-03-23T16:18:27+01:00
23 03, 2020

WAIS-IV – Testing Material

2020-08-03T11:37:50+02:00

WAIS-IV – Testing Material

[Written by Nina on 03/06/19]

WAIS-IV – Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – IV (2014, 2. Extended version).

Testing material is GERMAN.

Please ask Nina if you are interested in the manuals/particular test material. She has a scanned non-licensed version and not meant for distribution.

Table of content

  1. General information
  2. Testing Material
    • Subtests
  3. Mosaik Test (Block Design)

General information

The WAIS-IV is an IQ test designed to measure intelligence and cognitive ability in adults and older adolescents (years 16-89). The test consists of 15 subtests.. In addition, the subtests are summarised in scales (indices) that reflect the abilities in different cognitive areas (language comprehension, perceptual logical thinking, working memory and processing speed) as well as the general intellectual level of a person (total intelligence quotient). In addition to the index values mentioned above, a General Capability Index (GAI; german: Allgemeiner Fähigkeitsindex – AFI) can be calculated as an optional total value. The AFI can be derived from the sum of the value points of the three sub-tests of the Language Comprehension Index and the three sub-tests of the Perceptual Logical Thinking Index and offers an overall value that is less influenced by working memory and processing speed.

Testing material

You find the testing material of subtests 2, 3, 6, 9, 11 and 14 in ‘Manual 2 – Durchführung’ and/or ‘Protokollbogen’. The testing material of subtests 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13 and 15 are in the respective folder.

Subtests

  1. Mosaiktest (Block Design)
  2. Gemeinsamkeiten finden (Similarities)
  3. Zahlen nachsprechen (Digit Span)
  4. Matrizen-Test (Matrix reasoning)
  5. Wortschatz-Test (Vocabulary)
  6. Rechnerisches Denken (Arithmetic)
  7. Symbolsuche (Symbol Search)
  8. Visuelle Puzzles (Visual Puzzles)
  9. Allgemeines Wissen (Information)
  10. Zahlen-Symbol-Test (Coding)
  11. Buchstaben-Zahlen-Folge (Letter-Number Sequencing)
  12. Formenwaage (Figure Weights)
  13. Allgemeines Verständnis (Comprehension)
  14. Durchstreich-Test (Cancellation)
  15. Bilder ergänzen (Picture Completion)

Mosaik-Test (Block Design)

In addition to the testing material you need 9 cubes of ~ 2.5 cm3.

WAIS-IV – Testing Material2020-08-03T11:37:50+02:00
23 03, 2020

WIKI Open Science Framework

2020-04-01T10:24:23+02:00

Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework is an online platform (https://osf.io/) for the advancement of open science and scientific collaboration. It originates from the 2013-founded Center for Open Science (https://cos.io/) which seeks to increase the integrity and reproducibility of scientific research. While the project started out with a focus on reproducibility of psychology studies, it is by now applicable to researchers of virtually any field who wish to increase the transparency of their work.

In light of the reproducibility crisis across many scientific fields, the importance of improving practices of scientific transparency is increasingly recognized. With respect to neuroscience, a highly recommendable read in this regard is Poldrack (2019) who highlights the necessity but also some challenges that come with adopting better reproducibility practices.

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is one such tool to enable improved reproducibility. Its functionality is constantly increasing but the web platform is at the heart of it. Here you organize your work into different projects, e.g.:

These projects may either be private or public. In private projects, only people with permission have access to it – for instance if you just want to share research content with other contributors in your project. In public projects, everyone can access the content via a link. As you create a new project, you can first work on it privately and then make it public as you submit your paper. You can also create a digital object identifier and your project is also citable and a great way to share data / code / supplementary material in a paper, e.g.

Krohn, S., & Ostwald, D. (2017, February 26). Computing Integrated Information. Retrieved from https://osf.io/hb4a5/.

Once you enter a project, this is what the platform looks like:

There is a Wiki to explain the content of the project (upper left) – which is recommendable to help the user navigate your content. You can also choose to license your content (upper left), and you can add different components to your project (cf. right column) to structure it into different subprojects. Perhaps most importantly, there is a “Files” section where you can upload content to an OSF-hosted server. This works neatly for code, result summaries, figures, etc., for example:

If you want to share some result summaries (such as a table or a text file), this is also good to include. For large raw data, there is usually a space limitation (although you can also get in contact with the support to ask for more space or how to best publish your particular data). For more sharing options, a nice feature is that you can now also embed external applications into the OSF. For instance, you may have some files on a Google Drive or owncloud, or you have some shared code in a git repository such as Bitbucket or Github. These and increasingly more applications (now also including citation managers) can be added to your OSF project, for example:

Finally, there are other related useful functionalities:

1) My Quick Files (see figure 1) is an easy drap-and-drop way to share files.

2) The OSF now hosts its own preprint server. https://osf.io/preprints/

3) The OSF now also features study preregistration, with demos, guidelines and public templates of how to use them. https://osf.io/prereg/

References

Poldrack RA. (2019). The Costs of Reproducibility. Neuron. 101(1):11-14. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.11.030.

WIKI Open Science Framework2020-04-01T10:24:23+02:00